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Fifty Percent Grey

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A bloodied soldier, Sergeant Cray, wakes from death to a desolate landscape furnished only with a series of televisions and video players. Armed with his gun, he trudges from one TV to the next where he encounters a series of upbeat messages about an infinite future in the tranquil realms of heaven, purgatory and hell. […]

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

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This short animated film offers a bedtime story told with a very modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. Granny O’Grimm begins to tell the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to her sleepy granddaughter but there is a twist. The classic fairy–tale is told with a 21st century sensibility as Granny reimagines the story […]

The Polish Language

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The Polish Language is a film-poem which brings an original poem by Alice Lyons to life through the medium of film. The imagery in this poem is activated in imaginative ways through various styles of animation, employing hand-drawn, stop-motion, and time lapse techniques. The typography – the style, arrangement and appearance of the letters and […]

Late Afternoon

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In this delicately rendered animation, Emily, an elderly woman with dementia, vividly relives her memories. Sitting comfortably in her armchair Emily (voiced by Fionnula Flanagan) takes a cup of tea and a biscuit when a simple mishap triggers a pleasant journey into the past. She swims through the memories of being a child on a beach, […]


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Tim Booth’s playful animation is both a reflection on Joyce’s struggle with the writing of Ulysses (which he declares to be “a real bollix of a buk”), and a whistle-stop tour through the book itself.  It offers a potted outline and uses hand-drawn animation to conjure the fevered imaginings of Leopold Bloom and the characters […]

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

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Give Up Yer Aul Sins humorously animates original audio recordings of Dublin schoolchildren made by their teacher Peg Cunningham in the 1960s. In the short film, a documentary crew arrives to record the activities of the classroom. The teacher chooses little Mary to retell, in her own imaginative way, the bible story of John the […]

The Last Elk

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The Last Elk re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the elk becomes a relic […]

23 Degrees 5 minutes

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An old explorer close to freezing in the Arctic re-lives the events that brought him there. He recalls his student days at Trinity College in Dublin when he studied under the enigmatic Professor Orit, the professor who was driven to madness by his obsessive pursuit of the unified theory. Convinced that the answer somehow lay […]

Ding Dong Denny’s History of Ireland

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A tourist walks into a Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly at the bar. Ding Dong insists on telling him the ‘real’ history of Ireland over a number of pints. From the Normans to the Famine to 1916 and the sex shops of O’Connell Street, we hear Ding Dong Denny’s […]

Old Fangs

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A young wolf decides to confront his father. He has not seen him since he was a child. This film is part of Children on Film. To see more from this collection, click here. With kind permission of Cartoon Saloon. IFI recommendation: 10+

Urban Tails

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These funky foxes from Dublin sing in their own music video to educate us about what life is really like for the creatures living among us in our cities. With kind permission of Pink Kong Studios.